30 Days Wild – Days 9 to 11 – Ruberslaw Wild Woods

Bell Tent at Ruberslaw Wild Woods Camping

We were lucky enough to spend days 9, 10 & 11 of 30 Days Wild at Ruberslaw Wild Woods Camping in the gorgeous Scottish Borders. This was our first visit – we’d heard great things about the site, and were very much looking forward to it.  We definitely weren’t disappointed.

Our pitch was in the Walled Garden section, within easy access of the Hub. The Hub houses the reception, shop, toilets and showers, wood store, boot wash, and quite possibly the best kitchen facilities we’ve ever seen at a campsite.  The Hub also features a large undercover courtyard. We made full use of the courtyard to cook and eat our breakfast on Saturday morning when the rain descended (as it usually does where ever we camp…)

The Walled Garden

The Walled Garden also contains a pond, Edwardian Glasshouse, Games Lawn and garden beds with a beautiful variety of plants and flowers. It was heaven for the bees!

Bumblebee on chive flower

Wildlife

During our time at Ruberslaw, we spotted plenty of birds including house martins which were nesting in the rafters of the Hub, chaffinches, and pied wagtails, along with the resident cockerel.

We weren’t so thrilled to encounter the creatures we’ve been afraid of up until now – midges!  We had some Avon Skin-so-Soft with us which we quickly applied once we realised midges were about. It seemed to do the trick in preventing more bites, however most of us had already been bitten several times by then. The next morning we bought some Smidge from the shop, applied it straight away, and are happy to report no more bites. It’ll be a key piece of our camping kit from now on!

Ruberslaw Camping Options

As well as tent pitches in the Walled Garden there is also the option to venture further out and camp in woodland pitches, or the ‘really wild’ pitches for an authentic wild camping experience. (Without a doubt we’ll be back to Ruberslaw in the future so we’ll definitely try one of these options!)  Alternatively, a more luxurious option is glamping in safari tents, complete with verandas to sit, relax and enjoy the serenity of the woods.

Born in the Borders

On our return to Edinburgh at the end of the weekend, tipped off by the tourist information we received at the Hub, we called into the nearby Born in the Borders to check out the local produce and find out more about the locally brewed beer and locally distilled craft gin. We came away with a bottle of delicious Lilliard Gin, which is handcrafted with ingredients foraged and found in the Scottish Borders. That counts as a Random Act of Wildness, doesn’t it?

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